A lorry driver suffered a broken back and had to be cut out of his crumpled cab after being knocked off the road by a 16-year-old boy driving a BMW.
Another motorist was lucky to escape serious injury when her Toyota smashed into the central reservation after being struck from behind by Christian Pompa on the M1 last spring.
The teenager, who is now 18, was weaving in and out of traffic near the Leicester Services when he was propelled into the front side of the HGV after hitting the back of the car shortly before 7.30am on March 5.
David Earl, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court: ‘The impact wrenched the steering wheel from the lorry driver’s hands as the steering jammed. The vehicle left the carriageway, went down a bank and tipped onto its side.’
The court heard the lorry was written off, as was the Toyota, and the driver had to be cut out of the driver’s compartment by the fire service.
Mr Earl went on: ‘The lorry driver’s injuries included three fractures to his spine, a broken right scapula and soft tissue damage to his shoulder and back.
‘The pain was excruciating.’
While he lay in agony waiting to be rescued, Pompa jumped out of his vehicle and into a red BMW which had been weaving in and out of traffic with him and was whisked away from the scene.
Pompa, from Tottenham in north London, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was detained for 16 months. He was also banned from driving for two years and eight months.
Mr Earl told the court the lorry driver was off work for 11 weeks following the crash and still suffers with ongoing issues, including severe headaches.
While driving past the scene sometime later, the driver spotted his flask by the side of the road near the damaged hedgerows and realised how lucky he had been to survive, he added.
The prosecutor said he is also a carer for his wife, who has MS, and his injuries made it particularly difficult to look after her.
Defending, Priya Bakshi said Pompa had been studying for his GCSEs and went on to pass his exams and was hoping to do a mechanics college course.
She said Pompa was sorry and had since matured, adding: ‘There’s nothing I can say to excuse what he did.
‘He says, “’I’m guilty and I was 16, to say sorry is not enough, and if I could turn the clock back in time I would. I didn’t think of the consequences. I know I could have killed others and killed myself”.’
Judge Robert Brown told Pompa: ‘Your driving was appalling and whilst attempting a manoeuvre, squeezing between two vehicles, you caused a serious collision.
‘The lorry driver was trapped and had to be rescued by others at the scene, who turned off his engine because he was unable to. There are ongoing consequences for him.
‘Your vehicle stopped but instead of going back to see how the other drivers were you got into a car that had been following you and sped off.
‘Fleeing the scene was utterly shameful.’
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